Places to visit in Canakkale

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Which places you can visit in Canakkale?

Canakkale has afew famouse places to visit as Gallipoli peninsula, Helen of Troy, Assos and more. You can find the visiting places below

Gallipoli Peninsula

Gallipoli Peninsula is a huge region and there are lots of sights to visit especially for Australian and New Zealanders

Lone Pine

Lone Pine is perhaps the most moving of all the Anzac cemeteries. Australian forces captured the Turkish positions here on the afternoon of 6 August 1915. During the battle, which was staged in an area the size of a soccer field, more than 4000 men died and thousands more were injured.

The tombstones carry touching epitaphs and the cemetery includes the grave of the youngest soldier to die here, a boy of just 14. The remains of trenches can be seen just behind the parking area.

The trees that shaded the cemetery were swept away by a forest fire in 1994, leaving only one: a lone pine planted from the seed of the original solitary tree, which stood here at the beginning of the battle and gave the battlefield its name.

Chunuk Bair

Chunuk Bair (Conk Bayiri in Turkish) was the first objective of the Allied landing in April 1915, and is now the site of of this cemetery and memorial, and the Conkbayırı Atatürk Anıtı, a huge statue of the Turkish hero Mustafa Kemal (later Atatürk), leader of the Ottoman 57th Regiment.

The Nek

On the morning of 7 August 1915, the 8th (Victorian) and 10th (Western Australian) Regiments of the third Light Horse Brigade vaulted out of their trenches at the Nek and into withering fire. They were cut down before they reached the enemy line.

Brighton Beach

Near Kabatepe village, Brighton Beach was a favourite swimming spot for Anzac troops during the campaign. Today, this is the only officially sanctioned swimming spot on the peninsula.

Anzac Cove

Initial Anzac landing site on the morning of 25 April 1915.

Baby 700

Baby 700 was the limit of the initial Allied attack, and the graves here are mostly dated 25 April. It’s on the right from the access road to the Nek. Nearby is the Ottoman cannon called the Mesudiye Topu

Ariburnu Cemetery

Moving Turkish monument inscribed with Atatürk’s famous words of peace and reconciliation spoken in 1934. After restoration in 2017, it was reinstated in its original position.

Helen of Troy

Troy is testament to the importance of myth to the human experience. Some imagination is necesery to reconstruct the city’s splendour, but a decent guide will quickly bring to life the place that set the scene for Homer’s Iliad. Troy is a popular destination for school parties for weekend; try to visit mid-week that will be much comfortable.

Clock tower

The clock Tower was built by the italian tradesman, Emilie Vitalis in the 19th Century. It is worth seeing with its polygonal belfry at the top  and four clock faces.

Canakkale Mirrored Bazaar

It was built by Ilia Halyo in 1889 during the reign of Sultan Abdülhamit II.  It became famous as it featured the gallipoli campaign in a folk song.

Assos Canakkale

Assos or Behramkale is small but wealthy town located in the Ayvacık district of Çanakkale Province in Turkey. Assos was first settled during the Bronze Age. According to antique sources, Assos was founded by Methymians from the Island of Lesbos in the 7th century BC.

During the Classical period, Assos was under Lydian and Persian control. In 300 BC, it was ruled by the banker Eubolos and later his slave Hermeias. Hermeias, a student of Plato’s, invited Aristotle and other philosophers including Aristotle, Xenokrates, Erastus, Coriscus and Theophrastus from Athens; and he founded an academy in Assos in 347 BC. Aristotle married Hermeias’ niece Phthias, and lived in Assos for three years. During this short time, Aristotle opened a School of Logical Thinking.

The golden age of Assos came to an abrupt end with the Persians arrival. The city was taken by the Macedonian King Alexander the Great in 334 BC and placed the town under Pergamon rule in 241-133 BC. After the Pergamon lost their control, the city came under the Roman Empire. Assos was then ruled by Byzantine beginning in 395 AD. The city became an Ottoman town in the beginning of the 14th century.

The cultural richness of the region began to be protected after the establishment of Republic of Turkey. While the Romans did leave behind remains, the most notable archaeological sites today were built before the Hellenistic era. The Athena Temple, constructed during the Archaic Period (540-530 BC), can be seen on top of the Assos acropolis, which is defended by a double city walls. This temple is the only example in Anatolia in the Doric order. It has 6 columns on the short sides and 13 on the long sides surrounding the building externally with one row. The Theatre ruins can also be seen in the Acropolis.

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